The Schützenfest is a German cultural festival held annually in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. Translated from German, it means 'Shooting Festival', though Adelaide's youth attend the event to drink beer.
South Australia experienced from its inception in 1836, a large migration of Germans, predominantly of Lutheran religion. They mostly migrated after 1838. In 1853, the Shooting Society was established and in 1861, the Shooting Party was established. In 1865 the German Club closed. With its closure, a picnic was organised in St Peters, Adelaide. The main activity of the picnic was shooting. Some 5000 Adelaideans attended the picnic.
The festival was reinstated after World War II. It was held for many years in Hahndorf but is now held in the western Parklands. It is still a highly popular festival with the attendance being around 20,000 and festivities involve German food, beverages, dances and music. A shooting competition also occurs.
- The Official Schützenfest Website
- Emergency Management Australia Disaster Database report, covering heatstroke at Schützenfest
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